John Hill Curry, 1902-1994

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Title

John Hill Curry, 1902-1994

Subject

Curry, John Hill, 1902-1994
Furniture

Description

John Hill Curry was selling furniture in Tuscaloosa before all the streets were paved and founded John Curry Furniture Company in downtown Tuscaloosa at the retirement age of 65.

Curry was a descendant of an early pioneer family in Pickens County. He was born in Olney in Pickens County where he grew up, the son of a farmer. He managed a sawmill by himself at the age of 16. When his only brother, Ellis, was killed in a sawmill accident, Curry left home and entered Massey Business College in Birmingham with only and eighth-grade education and got his first job in the furniture business in Greenwood, Miss.

Throughout the Depression, he worked at Alabama Furniture Co. in downtown Northport until it closed, a victim of the Depression. He went to the main store, C. W. Lewis Furniture Co. in downtown Tuscaloosa where he worked as a buyer and salesman until 1945 when he opened Druid Furniture for Mrs. George Bell and Jack Gibson.

At retirement age 65, he opened John Curry Furniture in the old Temerson Building on 4th Street.

Curry's obituary was published in The Tuscaloosa News on July 25, 1994.

Source

Tuscaloosa News Archive

Publisher

The Tuscaloosa News

Date

1994

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

899

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

3 inches x 4 inches

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